Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Bradley's first Thanksgiving was great!  


Dad likes setting him (super briefly) on the couch like this for pics since he looks so little.  :)  Won't be able to do that much longer since he is about to roll!


We drove to Des Moines and I had to document my new favorite shirt on Instagram! :)


We had a mini blizzard the day before, but luckily the roads were much better on Thanksgiving morning.  We left a little before 7AM and the coldest I saw the temp say was -12, but captured this -10 on camera. Yeesh!


Nate sat in the back with Sprinkles and Bradley.


My rear view mirror scene.  Sprinkles face cracks me up!  And Bradley slept the whole way (both ways!)!


We were so excited to see our nephews!  Blake was pointing at our picture and saying our names.  I am "Au-wua" (Aunt Laura) and Chimi is "Chippy".  :)


It was so fun going to the farm so Bradley could meet tons of family members for the first time!  





Tyler liked watching Great Papa make popcorn or "Papa-Corn".



My highlight is always catching up with my cousin (and one of my best girlfriends) Molly!


Our little turkey!



On Friday a few of my mom's friends stopped by to meet Bradley.  



Then he got to meet some of my other best friends Kristin and Lindsey at the world's greatest restaurant, Monterey!


Bradley and I brought our matching Christmas jammies!


Cousin Blakey photo bomb!


Everyone has holiday wear!




Papa the superhero!


Sprinkles loves seeing Bear. :)


So does Blakey!


Then Tyler helped Grandma decorate for Christmas and got the star on the tree!


We also took some cousin elf diaper pics!



 Just chilling in my little buddy diapers. :)



 Cousin Tyler had big boy Christmas undies on. :)


Most of the pics turned out like this. :)


 Or this. :)


Runaway elf!




The pictures wore out this little elf.


Hanging out with Papa.


We were sad to go but it is nice to be back home.  Now we are trying to figure out everything we need to pack for Bradley's first day of daycare!  Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Post Partum Work Dressing

Now that I am back to work, I have to dress like a normal human being.  Rats.  It is much more fun to dress Bradley in cute outfits than myself now!

Since this work outfit post is still one of my most popular posts, I figured I should do another!  I don't always use inspiration pictures (usually find on Pinterest) for creating outfits, but when I am in a slump, it helps so much!  I also don't buy new things very often (unless I find a gem at Target or something cheap) so using these inspiration photos makes me get creative with what I already own, and also reminds me of some things that might be collecting dust in our closet!  Also, since I have only been wearing sweatpants and t-shirts for the last 12 weeks I definitely needed to use inspiration pictures to get my brain working again on how to create an outfit.

Sorry that my pictures are always super awkward and the inspiration pics are amazing but you will get over it. :)

One issue I have is not all my pants/jeans fit anymore.  Rats again.  So that does limit my jean wearing abilities but I would rather work around this issue than work out.  Priorities.  Because of this, I have two new pair of jeans (both from The Buckle - I know, right?!) so I wanted to style around them.  They are the trouser and super flare styles.  I decided to go semi professional on Monday and whip out the black blazer and paired with the new trouser style jeans.

Blazer: So old I can't remember; T-shirt: Target Liz Lange maternity (I mean...they are my favorite!); Necklace: JCP; Jeans: Flying Monkey (Buckle)


Tuesday I wanted to be warm since we have all been freezing our a$$es off in Minnesota!  I saw this picture from merricksart on Instagram in my feed, and fell in love!  Sometimes I consider this plaid scarf a Christmas neutral and pretend it goes with everything.  At least pattern mixing is embraced now!

Shirt: Old Navy; Scarf: Target; Jeans: Alloy; Boots: Heartbreaker


Chimi prefers my after work attire. :)


Wednesday's inspiration picture might not make any sense, but sometimes I just like silhouettes and use those as inspiration.  I wore the new Super Flare jeans and loved!  So comfy and still cute.

Blazer: Von Maur; Tshirt: Target Liz Lange Maternity (again); Jeans: Flying Monkey 


Thursday I was off so my mom and I wore our comfies on our errands!  Then Friday I was back to work.  I love wearing coral and red with these teal J Brand jeans (example here - remember Fashion Friday?  Well, we both got busy.  Oops.) and you might recognize this outfit from here.  I also added a cream scarf but it isn't photographed.

Top: Forever 21; Jeans: J Brand


But let's be honest...my favorite "outfit" this week was when my Zulily jammies arrived!!  Never taking this off!!  


I'm hoping putting a little more thought into this first week of work outfits will get my brain working again on what to wear!  I have tons of inspiration photos saved and will be ready to whip out if I need to get more ideas!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Back to Work

I was absolutely heartbroken knowing that I had to go back to work this week and was SO nervous to be away from my little man!


I received the sweetest private Instagram message from my cousin's wife who is a minister in Illinois.  They were in Rome on sabbatical and she knew I was struggling with my maternity leave ending and this note and prayers really comforted me!


Then Monday morning rolled around and I was fighting tears.  As I was packing up my car, Chimi was sitting and looking at me like "where are you going?" and I just broke down.  Ugh!  Wasn't even saying goodbye to Bradley that got me!  On the drive to work I attempted to compose myself.  It helped seeing this rainbow as I was driving down the street (and apparently a sun dog, which I know nothing about).


Once I got to work I walked to my desk and my sweet coworkers had put up pictures of Bradley, had flowers and my favorite snacks!  SO SWEET!!  So once I saw their thoughtfulness, I really lost it.  Oh well.  They all know I wear my emotions on my sleeve and can be a hot mess.  


Then I passed out these cute little elf bags my mom found (filled with candy) to all the girls with a tear stained face. :)


But the day went so fast and before I knew it, it was time to go home!  Monday was also Sprinkles 7th birthday!  Such a pretty girl!


It really was a good week to come back.  Next week is short because of Thanksgiving, and we had a work pot luck which is always delicious (and leads to me eating pickle dip for breakfast at my desk).


My boss also let me take Thursday off so I didn't go back to five straight days, so we bundled Bradley up and spent part of the day with my mom running errands (and lots of snuggles).


Food court lunch break...mom of the year feeding him in his stroller??  (Insert guilt face emoji)


So low and behold, like everyone says...it gets easier.  My coworkers have been ridiculously welcoming and understanding (plus lots are moms, too, which helps!!) and are truly friends of mine so it is so nice to see them.  I know if I didn't love my job and coworkers so much this week would have gone MUCH differently.  And my mom is watching him this week and next so we didn't have to start daycare right away which is amazing!  I went home every day over lunch to feed him and cuddle.  Now I just need to figure out how to smuggle Bradley in to work with me and I will be just fine! :)

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